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Am J Ind Med. 2007 Jun;50(6):427-37.

The health behaviors of the older US worker.

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Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL 33136, USA. lfleming@med.miami.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

As the US workforce ages, lifestyle factors will increasingly affect their health, yet little information is available on their prevalence in older working populations.

METHODS:

Using the nationally representative 1997-2003 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), reported current smoking, risky drinking and leisure-time physical activity behaviors of older workers (> or =65 years) were compared with older non-workers. These behaviors were evaluated by age, gender, race, ethnicity, and occupation, as well as prototype "healthy" and "risky" persons.

RESULTS:

The study population of 4,946 older US workers and 38,313 older non-workers represented an estimated 3.9 million older workers and 28.9 million older non-workers annually. Relative to older non-workers, older workers reported more current smoking and risky drinking, but higher levels of leisure-time physical activity with variations by subpopulations.

CONCLUSIONS:

Less than 4% of the older US worker population reported overall healthy behaviors. Certain occupations and other subpopulations can be targeted for age-appropriate behavioral interventions.

PMID:
17503458
DOI:
10.1002/ajim.20468
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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